The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is pleased to announce the graduation of Crescent Unmanned Systems, LLC, from JEDCO’s Business Innovation Center. The early-stage company manufactures and markets specialized, unmanned aerial systems with advanced surveillance capabilities. They can be used for law enforcement, military, and commercial applications.
Crescent Unmanned joined JEDCO’s business incubator program in November 2011. They experienced great successes during their time at the Business Innovation Center. The team created the Bravo 100 and the Bravo 300 as part of their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) series. Both systems are more maneuverable than the UAVs currently operated by the military.
Crescent has attracted great interest from the law enforcement community. Both police and military have begun utilizing the company’s UAVs for search-and-rescue, crowd control, land and sea monitoring, critical infrastructure protection, crisis management, accident reconstruction, and to track enemy targets and criminals. The company has become an industry leader in affordable UAVs.
Recently, Crescent Unmanned received angel funding from the South Coast Angel Fund. They’ve benefitted from the investors’ strong dedication to accelerating early-stage ventures. This funding has allowed them to work closely with NASA and other major organizations around the country.
“JEDCO is so proud of the accomplishments Crescent Unmanned has achieved while utilizing our resources,” says JEDCO Executive Director Lucien Gunter. “This innovative company is a prime example of the type of technological businesses we want to attract to the Churchill Business and Technology Park and to Jefferson Parish.”
“JEDCO was instrumental in providing Crescent with the necessary affordable space, support, and resources to successfully gain access to the industry,” says Crescent CEO Charles Easterling. “It allowed us to meet clients in a high-tech, impressive facility that gave us the professional face necessary to be taken seriously. We are forever grateful to JEDCO for the opportunity to be a graduate of such a great facility.”
The Business Innovation Center is located at the Churchill Technology and Business Park in Avondale. It’s designed to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to help transform ideas into viable business ventures. The program provides below-market rate office space and a wide range of tools to help companies get started, including office furniture, telephone service, wireless internet, copy and fax machine, conference rooms, video conferencing, Smartboard technology and 24/7 secure access.
For more information about the business incubator program, visit JEDCO’s website at www.jedco.org or call (504) 875-3908.